Anthony Davis appeared to be seriously injured after leaving Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz with a left groin injury, but a subsequent MRI was negative and he is only listed as day-to-day, the Pelicans announced.
Davis was diagnosed with a “left abductor strain,” and while he missed New Orleans’ game against Portland on Friday and will also sit out against Golden State on Monday, this is a huge sigh of relief for Pelicans fans.
Davis suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Pelicans’ game against the Jazz. It was concerning that Davis couldn’t put weight on the leg and collapsed without contact on an otherwise innocuous play under the basket.
Here’s another angle.
Davis was taken off the court in a wheelchair.
Anthony Davis put no weight on his left leg when exiting the floor. He was placed into a wheel chair immediately after exiting the floor. He’s being worked on in the Jazz training room right now.— Tony Parks (@tonyparkszone) December 2, 2017
It’s possible Davis previously injured himself on this play, though.
If this happens to me dont even worry about calling over the trainer just tell my family i died doing what I loved and the code to the safe is in the cigar box pic.twitter.com/yOZe1uYa6Q— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) December 2, 2017
Davis has a long history of injuries, but he played 75 games last season while staying relatively healthy.
If he misses any significant amount of time, it would be an awful blow for a New Orleans Pelicans team that is currently the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The Pelicans have dealt with relentless injuries over the past few seasons, but were finally off to a relatively clean start to the season.
The good news is that Davis’ injury is less serious than it seemed.
This story was updated with the news of Davis’ MRI results.